How Can I Spot Early Signs of Dementia?
Symptoms of Dementia
Understanding more about the symptoms of dementia can help you to recognize early warnings in yourself and your loved ones. The symptoms of dementia often gradually worsen over time. Although dementia symptoms may vary, most cases will present with at least two of the more common signs.
The following are common symptoms of dementia or a dementia-related disorder:
Significant memory impairment
Trouble with communication and speech
Inability to focus or impaired attention
Loss of ability to reason
Poor decision making
Problems with vision and visual perception
Recent research has uncovered several signs of dementia that can be observed before the more common and serious symptoms begin. Early detection is key in helping you take preventative measures that could delay the onset of dementia and may even reduce its severity. Be on the lookout for the following early warning signs:
Although it is common as we age to forget appointments here and there or the occasional name of an acquaintance, memory trouble that disrupts our routine indicate something more. This is especially true of memory problems involving recent events. Another memory-related warning sign is increased use of memory aids.
Confusion or Trouble with Everyday Tasks
Everyone gets confused on occasion, but when it affects your ability to identify the day or time, complete routine tasks at home or the office, or increases problems identifying visual cues it may be an early dementia sign. Trouble navigating to familiar locations, losing track of the passage of time, or inability to judge distances could also be confusion-related dementia signs.
Changes in Personality and Mood
We all experience changes in our mood from time to time. These mood and personality changes could be an early warning of a much more serious problem. Signs of new or worsening fearfulness, anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or isolation could all be signs of mental problems indicating underlying memory issues and dementia risk.
Now you can identify the symptoms of dementia and recognize its early warning signs. This will help you keep an eye on memory performance. If you notice new issues with memory, confusion, or mood or if existing problems get worse, seek evaluation from a medical professional. They will be able to help you determine if its a false alarm, a simple problem, or something that requires further treatment.